Iconic Attractions near Hong Kong's Cruise Terminals

Thanks to a combination of Asian and European influences, Hong Kong is a whimsical melting pot of grand colonial buildings, buzzing street markets and futuristic skyscrapers.

The city's two major cruise terminals are located on Kowloon Peninsula; one is Ocean Terminal near Harbour City and the other is the newly unveiled Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Kowloon Bay. There is also a third but more industrial terminal, China Merchants Wharf, on the west side of Hong Kong Island.

The best area for cruise passengers to explore is around Nathan Road from Tsim Sha Tsui to Mongkok, which stretches approximately 3.5 kilometers. All the top attractions are in the vicinity. Skyscraper fans can head to the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade where they will find an unbeatable harbor view accompanied by the celebrity-studded walkway Avenue of Stars, historic landmark Clock Tower and two of the city's top museums, Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Museum of Art.

The best hangout for souvenir hunters is Mongkok, which is home to around half a dozen of street markets, from the comprehensive Ladies Market to the curious Goldfish Market, and numerous street-side stalls.

For family visitors, Tsim Sha Tsui East houses two top-notch museums, Hong Kong Science Museum and Hong Kong Museum of History.

Victoria Peak


The 552-meter mountain has that classic Hong Kong view. Near the summit at 396 meters high there is an entertainment and viewing complex called Peak Tower where travelers can snap that perfect souvenir photo. In the foreground, a forest of...  Read More

Goldfish Market
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board


Tung Choi Street is Hong Kong's street shopping center. Not far from the Ladies Market in the north lies a treasure island that's uniquely Chinese, the Goldfish Market. This fascinating market is a great place for families to visit. Bags after...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui
Chung King Mansions
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board


Situated on the "Golden Mile" of Nathan Road (the southern-most mile of the thoroughfare until it reaches harbor-side Salisbury Road), Chung King Mansions is an alternative landmark to witness the city's extending heritage as a colony and...  Read More

Hong Kong Museum of History
Photo courtesy of Museum of History


This two-story museum is a great place to hit for anyone wishing to understand Hong Kong's past and present under half a day. The city's history has taken dramatic twists and turns and this museum offers detailed displays that take you through...  Read More

Hong Kong Space Museum


A quirky landmark on the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, this 8,000-square-meter waterside museum, situated inside an egg-shaped dome, delves into the fascinating topics related to astronomy and space science. The Stanley Ho Space Theater in the Hall...  Read More

Hong Kong Science Museum


Situated in Tsim Sha Tsui East, this informative museum will tire you after a half-day visit as some 70 percent of the exhibits at this 6,500-square-meter museum are interactive. More than 500 items spread across four floors exploring topics...  Read More

Tsim Sha Tsui


The 44-meter-tall brick-red structure is one of the most historic buildings in fast-growing Hong Kong. Although visitors can't access the building nowadays, it's a mandatory pit stop for tourists en route from the Star Ferry terminal to Tsim Sha...  Read More



Occupying three blocks of Tung Choi Street every night, this enclave of more than 100 stalls represents the epitome of Asia's market culture: a bit crowded, a lot noisy but totally stimulating. Unlike what its name suggests, the 1,000-meter-long...  Read More

Symphony of Lights


The 15-minute light and sound show is the top free activity in Hong Kong. Every night at 8pm, spectacular decoration lights, laser lights and digital fireworks shoot out from 45 buildings along the Victoria Harbour on both the Hong Kong Island...  Read More



Star Ferry is the loveliest attraction in Hong Kong. This 115-year-old service is one of these rare attractions that are hailed by both tourists and locals. Shuttling between Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon side, and Central and Wan Chai on Hong Kong...  Read More


Meet Ed Peters

Ed Peters has been based in Asia for much of his life.